On the 8th and 9th of February 2008, OneWorld South Asia (OWSA), organised their seventh annual regional meeting on “Climate Justice for Realisation of the MDGs: Southern Perspectives and Voices”. The main aim of the consortium was to bring forth pertinent climate justice issues including issues relating to energy independence and global warming. Industry experts, Government officials, professionals, non-government representatives, and community stakeholders participated in the meeting. The meeting was a collaborative attempt to reconcile differences, integrate views, encourage entrepreneurship, facilitate negotiations and ensure the realisation of the much-talked-about Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
OneWorld South Asia has prioritised the following to contribute towards achieving the MDGs in their programming focus:
Using new media tools for voicing the voiceless
Capacity building and strengthening civil society organisations through the use of ICTs
Building ICT capacity among grassroots communities and people
Advocating for people friendly ICT policies
This conference enabled the network of over 800 partners and members to deliberate on an issue that confronts all.
Naimur Rahman, OWSA Director, welcomed the dignitaries and delegates. Rahman’s message focused not only on the theme of the meeting but also on the aims and objectives of OWSA. The Guests of Honour were Walter Fust, Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Chair, Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) and Saroj Devkota, Vice Chairman HLCIT, Govt of Nepal. Fust, while reaffirming the role of discussion and dialogues in fostering the realisation of MDGs, stated that he is hopeful that the two-day conference would lead to a common vision on climate justice issues and will help in the inclusion and assimilation of southern voices on MDGs and the realisation of MDGs. In his welcome note Walter Fust said, “I firmly believe that climate change is the defining human development issue of the 21st century.” Natwar Thakkar, Founder, Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, was the honorary Chief Guest in the summit. He optimistically added, “There is still a possibility